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Valve has remembered they have an official YouTube channel with the release of a new advert for the Steam Deck, plus the Steam Deck gets a nod of approval from an unlikely source.

The first video they've put up here since the last CS:GO operation, it doesn't actually give anything new. However, it's another sign that Valve is actually properly marketing the device (unlike the Steam Machines). Claiming it's the "most powerful gaming handheld in the world" and going on to briefly show off a few game clips we've seen before like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It doesn't mention SteamOS, Proton or anything Linux related but simply mentions it runs a "new version of Steam" and ends by telling people to reserve now.

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Additionally, Phil Spencer the head of Xbox mentioned on Twitter about visiting Valve recently to talk to a few developers. Spencer mentioned having access to a Steam Deck for "most of the week" and said "it's a really nice device". It's interesting to see someone from Microsoft / Xbox talk about how well Halo, Age of Empires and xCloud works on a Linux handheld. Just goes to show how exciting the Steam Deck is.

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CatKiller Aug 15, 2021
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Quoting: ShmerlThe point of my criticism is MS refusing to join the collaborative effort when they very well knew it was happening, and pushing lock-in instead.
That would be a criticism of Steve Ballmer and Satya Nadella, not the person in charge of Xbox.
BielFPs Aug 15, 2021
Quoting: CatKillerIt's just visiting Netflix with Steam's built-in browser and adding a bookmark.
For you and me sure, but users will expect something similar to a android app. So you can expect someone to built an electron app with a shinny N icon on it (or maybe a flatpak), which in practice it's the same thing
Shmerl Aug 15, 2021
Quoting: CatKillerThat would be a criticism of Steve Ballmer and Satya Nadella, not the person in charge of Xbox.

I doubt Nadela makes such decisions for them (Ballmer was already gone at that point). It pretty much fits the authority of Xbox head. But who knows.


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CatKiller Aug 15, 2021
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Quoting: BielFPs
Quoting: CatKillerIt's just visiting Netflix with Steam's built-in browser and adding a bookmark.
For you and me sure, but users will expect something similar to a android app. So you can expect someone to built an electron app with a shinny N icon on it (or maybe a flatpak), which in practice it's the same thing
The demo units they gave to journalists already had the bookmark made.
BielFPs Aug 15, 2021
Quoting: CatKillerThe demo units they gave to journalists already had the bookmark made.
Nice to know Valve is somewhat worried about it this time, I hope this doesn't involve too much typing with those controls (I don't remember if it's touch screen).

But personally I still expect to some kind of dedicated app (and maybe even inside steam client in the future, who knows...)
Shmerl Aug 15, 2021
Quoting: HoriAlso, you have to understand that companies as big as MS plan things many years in advance. DX12 was probably planned and approved as a long term strategy for a long time before that happened.

It was a reactionary effort driven by Mantle proposal from AMD. MS literally used Mantle itself for DX12 (I linked the evidence above). So they could simply join Vulkan collaboration instead, but their lock-in mentality still prevailed there.

It worked out better for OpenXR - MS for a change did participate in it.


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Eike Aug 15, 2021
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Quoting: BielFPs
Quoting: CatKillerIt's just visiting Netflix with Steam's built-in browser and adding a bookmark.
For you and me sure, but users will expect something similar to a android app. So you can expect someone to built an electron app with a shinny N icon on it (or maybe a flatpak), which in practice it's the same thing

... just without the security fixes. Oh man, I hate this trend.
BielFPs Aug 15, 2021
Quoting: Eike... just without the security fixes. Oh man, I hate this trend.

Unless we have official support from them, which I find it odd that we don't have this partnership yet between Valve and those third parties, considering that Steam is one of the most famous stories of the world.
Para-Gliding Aug 15, 2021
if i can imagine playing Hades on it, i would forget playing cs:go or any FPS with those sticks.
Purple Library Guy Aug 15, 2021
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Quoting: BielFPs
Quoting: CatKillerIt's just visiting Netflix with Steam's built-in browser and adding a bookmark.
For you and me sure, but users will expect something similar to a android app. So you can expect someone to built an electron app with a shinny N icon on it (or maybe a flatpak), which in practice it's the same thing
The demo units they gave to journalists already had the bookmark made.
Well that's a good thing, then.
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